Phillies: 5 takeaways after first dozen games of 2021 season

Connor Brogdon #75 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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2. The Phillies offense is not performing up to expectations.

Comparing teams, statistically speaking, in the National League East is currently difficult — as the New York Mets and Washington Nationals have only played eight and 10 games. Since the Phillies have played 12 games, it makes their offense rankings a little better.

Taking those teams out, the Phillies have the third-worst offense in baseball behind the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. The Phillies have scored just 42 runs, which is not something to brag about. It is a good idea to ask why this is, as the Phillies have some guys who profile as really good hitters.

One of the reasons will be covered later. However, focusing on everyone but center field, the Phillies have some issues — and things that we know will get better. The Phillies have four people in their lineup who have an OPS+ below 100 — whoever has played at center, Andrew McCutchen at just 57, Alec Bohm at 74, and Jean Segura at 91.

I think it safe to say that McCutchen, Bohm and Segura will get better. McCutchen needs to hit the ball harder — as he ranks in just the seventh percentile for hard-hit percentage. Bohm could just be in a slump to begin his second season, while Segura really just needs to walk more. As we get more into the season, I would not be shocked if at least two of the three get back up to above league average.

One thing I would be less worried about — but still to take note of — is not enough guys are getting on base. Some of it is them not hitting the ball well or simply not walking enough. Rhys Hoskins has been great to begin the season. However, he could be better — as he has just one walk in these first 12 games. Didi Gregorius, who has also been great, has only one walk.

Both Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn have combined for just one walk. The Phillies need to get on base more. Only three guys in their lineup have an on-base percentage over .300.